Police and emergency responders had to deal with two deaths and transporting at least four people to area hospitals after a three-vehicle crash in southern Massachusetts earlier this month. The car accident caused traffic delays as an emergency helicopter landed to transport one accident victim to a medical center and three tow trucks hauled off the disabled vehicles.
According to reports, an 80-year-old woman was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Boston for treatment. She suffered broken ribs and leg injuries in the wreck. Other victims were brought to clinics closer to the accident site.
Police have not disclosed who was at fault in the fatal accident or what exactly caused the collision to occur on an otherwise typical afternoon.
Depending on the results of the police investigation, one or more of the drivers could be found at fault in the wreck. While hopefully all drivers and victims were adequately insured, that is no guarantee that the medical expenses and vehicle damage of all the drivers will be covered in full. Many insurance policies have limits that are not sufficient to cover serious claims, and some drivers even disregard the law entirely and operate vehicles without insurance. Even when insurance companies do pay up, they often attempt to make it difficult to recover compensation.
When victims suffer physical injury, disability or even death, those responsible may be held accountable in civil court as well. This can be helpful at times when insurance companies cannot be counted on. While such a lawsuit will not undo the pain that results from an accident, it can help ensure that the family will be provided for and related expenses are covered.
Source: EnterpriseNews.com, "Two dead in crash on Route 28 in Middleboro," Alice Elwell, Jan. 8, 2013